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Church Matters: Forgiveness Beyond Measure (17 Apr 2014)

This is the latest entry in Church Matters, a blog by our General Editor, Paul Beasley-Murray.

The first ‘word’ of the seven so-called ‘words’ of Jesus from the cross is the most extraordinary: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23.34a). In the context of so much pain this cry for forgiveness is truly amazing, Just imagine the agony of the crushed bone, the ripped sinew, the hands nailed to the cross. Imagine too the sense of rejection as also the utter injustice of the situation. Accusation, condemnation, recrimination, all would have been in order. Instead Jesus prays for forgiveness.

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